A Hum TV production, De Ijazat stars Mekaal Zulfiqar and Zarnish Khan. Zarnish Khan is one of those actresses that I find highly underrated, as she generally associates herself with quality shows and has a lot of untapped talent. The show appears to deal with family issues and differences of "background" standards.
I'll be 100% honest. I didn't even know this drama existed, which is odd, because I am usually aware of the dramas the "A-listers" are shooting for. I only found out about this show, because it popped up in my "Recommended videos" on YouTube after episode 1 aired and I saw Mekaal's face. Of course, I immediately hit play.
Dua (Zarnish) is a working woman who financially supports her family, consisting of her parents, two sisters and brother. The show begins with a rishta coming for Duaa, which her parents quickly accept much to the dismay of Duaa (who is not ready to get married, as she believes it's her responsibility to support her family). Duaa gets engaged, but to make matters worse, when the marriage date comess close, her in-laws ask for a "Watta satta." They want their daughter to marry Duaa's brother. Duaa and her family become wary of this marriage, but do not want to break it off as it is only weeks away and do not want to risk Duaa's marriage breaking off. On the other end, Duaa's brother is making his plans on how to escape to Canada to marry his girlfriend.
Duaa, who is a reporter, meets Mekaal's character (I can't remember his name right now) at his mother's launch party (She is a designer). He is immediately attracted to her, while she resists his (polite) advances. He tries to pursue her, but is halted when he discovers that she is engaged.
On the other end, Dua's brother's plan on leaving the wedding is in full swing. In the next episiode (episode 5), we will see the effects of his actions on the entire family.
There is something very appealing about this show, which I can't place my finger on. It has that "fresh" feel to it, much like "Kuch Na Kaho" last year. I can already tell where this story is headed and I am interested in how they present this story - a story where a middle class girl marries into a high class household and is still torn between her worlds, as she is still supporting her family. The concept is a good one, depending on how it is presented. Let's wait and see, but so far, so good!
Until next time, happy watching! =)